Bond: Hence "Janus", the two-faced Roman god come to life.A specific type of Red Right Hand and Evil Scar, this occurs when a character (almost always a villain, usually but not always male), has a normal, generally handsome face on one side, but a disfigured, scarred face on the other side. To hide this they'll sometimes stand with their Face Framed in Shadow, and if they're feeling dramatic they'll greet the heroes with a Face-Revealing Turn. Can be accentuated with a Two-Headed Coin. A variant is for a character to literally have two faces, one in front and one in back. The two faces will typically have different expressions, and are used to represent different moods on the character's part. The Trope Codifier for this version is Janus from Classical Mythology. May also indicate a Split Personality. Sometimes, as in the trope namer, used to represent a Duality Motif. If a character has two faces because they have two places to wear them, that's Multiple Head Case.
Alec Trevelyan: It wasn't God who gave me this face.
Alec Trevelyan: It wasn't God who gave me this face.
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Anime and Manga
- Black Jack had a partial facial transplant on his right side. The discolored skin is interpreted as blue in manga form, but is canonically black, as it was from an African-Japanese friend.
- Mello in Death Note ends up with a scar over half his face after blowing up a building while he was still inside. One splash page in the manga also shows the scarring to extend down his neck, however the burn scar only covers his face in the anime.
- Kazundo Gouda in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a semi-example. The right side of his face is badly disfigured, the left side not quite so badly. His left side is quite normal apart from the lack of hair caused by the scarring on the top of his head. He actually lives in a world where the plastic surgery to fix his face would be a piece of cake, or he could even buy himself a completely new face, but he chooses not to, since his horrible scars give him presence and charisma he never used to have as a bland bureaucrat before his accident.
- Mukuro of YuYu Hakusho, whose body had been completely stripped of flesh on one side with strong acid. Though Mukuro is different from most examples, being a not-so evil demon (given a choice between Yomi and Mukuro, Raizen told Yusuke to side with Mukuro) and being female. Besides, said scars were self-inflicted, as she figured that uglifying herself would be the only way to escape her abusive rapist of a caretaker.
- Mazinger Z:
- Baron Ashura / Ashler takes this a step further. His entire left half is male, while her right half is female. This is carried over into Ashura's voice, which is male or female when only one half is shown, but speaks in both simultaneously when both halves are visible.
- Marquis Janus and Gandal, two villains from the sequels (Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer) also had two faces: Yanus had a human face she used to blend among humans, and her true, demonic-looking face was on the "back" of her head, covered with strands of hair; on the other hand, Gandal had two personalities, and his face switched to reflect what personality was the dominant one in the time.
- Jagi from Fist of the North Star has the left side of his face fitted with a metal brace then hidden with a helmet to keep his head from exploding after a encounter with his younger brother Kenshiro.
- In the same way, Yubel from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is halved by male and female sides of the body, though in the English dub she's generally referred to as female, as her face is mostly feminine with two differing eyes rather than actual facial halves.
- Balalaika of Black Lagoon has extensive scarring on the right side of her face as a result of a war injury during her time in Afghanistan. Despite the scarring, she's actually still beautiful, but the gangsters of Roanapur still take to calling her "Fry Face" behind her back (though not to her face — she tends not to like that).
- Frank Archer of the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist gets half his body blown off and replaced with automail. They don't call him the Terminarcher for nothing.
- Wei in Darker Than Black ends up like this after Hei zaps him half to death.
- Chikage Kushinada in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple fulfills this humorously as she displays a visage of sinister calm at the angle her master sees her to keep face (pun not intended), while on the other side, her frustration for the current scene shows through a contorted eye, furrowed eyebrow, gritting teeth, and massive sweating. Yes, she is only sweating on one side of her face!
- The maritime leader of the Kokuboro in Kekkaishi, Byaku, has one half of his face being a Bishōnen, but the other side of his face is horror and disgust, particularly because of what he can do to you with the worms and bugs he summons out of it.
- Rosemarie from Claudine is a rare heroic example. She ends up like this after the horrible incident where her teacher Louis kills both Claudine's father and the old man's lover Cecilia (who is Louis's older sister) via burning down the place they were staying in.
- Jiraia from Gintama, though his whole face is burned.
- Kariya Matou from Fate/Zero has a hideously disfigured left side of his face as a result of the crest worms in his body. The anime adaption toned it down a bit, however, making him look almost normal save for some odd lines on that left side.
- In Detective Conan, we have the novelist Hideomi Nagato. He had the left half of his face horribly burned when, as a teenager, he rescued a little girl from her burning home. (A fire that he and his friend Mitsuaki caused as a Deadly Prank, and Hideomi never forgave himself for it). Ever since then he became a Reclusive Artist, and the few time he left his studio he wore bandages on his face. And we only saw Hideomi's whole face when his lifeless body was found inside the Nagato mansion's fountain, hours after he commited suicide.
- Dae, the Organisation's Mad Scientist in Claymore.
- Two-Face from the Batman Rogues Gallery is probably the oldest modern example. Harvey Dent was Gotham City's district attorney until he had acid thrown at him, permanently disfiguring his face and giving him a split personality, between Harvey Dent and Two-Face. He now has a fixation on duality and chance, committing crimes around the number 2 and making all of his decisions by tossing a two-headed coin that is scarred on one side. When faced with a moral decision he flips the coin; if it comes down scarred side up he commits an evil act, if clean side up he does not.
- The one from Batman: The Animated Series is instead disfigured by an explosion, leading his hand to be the same color of the face (a weird blue instead of the realistic red of the comics, or even the green of earlier comics).
- Batman Forever has the only Two-Face without bulging eye and exposed teeth - but the Camp tone makes him paint the injured half a bright pink.
- The Dark Knight features an allusion to the first origin story of Two-Face in Harvey Dent's first scene, when Dent is overseeing the prosecution of Sal Maroni and a witness tries shooting him from the stand with a pistol, only to fail because it's a Chinese carbon fiber weapon. Here, Harvey's transformation into Two-Face is when he is tied up in a warehouse. Trying to break loose of his restraints, he ends up getting the left side of his face soaked in diesel fuel. In the subsequent explosion, despite Batman's efforts to pat out the flames, all of the skin on the left side of Dent's face gets burned away, leaving what is pictured at the top of the page.
- Mazikeen from The Sandman, who has no skin on the right half of her face, and is not a villain (although she is a demon). She might have annoyed Delirium, but it's not entirely clear.
- In Lucifer a well-meaning individual with newly-found magical powers turns Mazikeen's face symmetric and conventionally beautiful while she's unconscious, mistaking her appearance for horrible deformation. Mazikeen, who considered herself beautiful before, swears bloody revenge. The practical reason for the change was probably to get rid of her idiosyncratic speech pattern caused by having only half a mouth, allowing her character to develop without extreme annoyance to the reader.
- Marvel Universe villainess Hydra.
- The villain/goddess/force of reality Hela from Marvel's Thor qualifies... but it's only visible if you steal her cloak. Her appearance (although not the cloak) is from the source mythology (Hela is an alternate spelling of Hel), which had her as this trope some of the time.
- Cyborg Superman,◊ in a probable reference to The Terminator.
- The Legion of Super-Heroes villain Tharok is a cyborg who is split exactly down the middle. He wears clothes that cover his human side, but not his robot side (however that works)
- The Comedian from Watchmen could arguably qualify: his face is quite handsome, but the right side has a hideous scar running from his mouth to his cheekbone, making him appear to be constantly leering (echoing both his name and the infamous stained smiley face logo of the comic).
- Jonah Hex is a rare heroic example. A gunslinger resembling to Clint Eastwood, he got a red-hot tomahawk pressed to the side of his face, giving him a very ugly disfigurement similar to Two-Face's.
- A horizontal example occurs in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash; Jason gets all the flesh between his neck and his nose blown off, leaving the entire bottom half of his skull exposed.
- Herr Starr from Preacher.
- A version in Transmetropolitan: Fred Christ is human on one half of his body and one of The Greys on the other half, due to an incomplete genetic alteration.
- Mob boss Vin Caruso (after his scarring) in The Green Hornet: Year One.
- Scar, the undead Guardian of the Universe and member of the Black Lantern Corps, takes her name from the huge scar on her face where the Anti-Monitor touched her.
- In the second-to-last issue of The Twelve, Captain Wonder's face is half burned off in his ultimate confrontation with Dynamic Man. He later starts wearing a helmet to hide his disfigurement. It covers up his the scarred part of his face but leaves the other half exposed, no doubt because Helmets Are Hardly Heroic.
- Jacqueline Hyde in All-Ghouls School. One side of her body is a normal schoolgirl, while the other is a twisted Mr. Hyde style monster.
- He-She, a one-shot Crimebuster villain, had this. Like Baron Ashura above, He-She was also a male/female split, with their left half looking like a standard thug and their right half looking like a gorgeous woman. Their entire M.O. was that the woman-half would seduce men by standing sideways and flirting, then the man half would beat them up when they were vulnerable. Yeah, this was made in the 40's.
- Calliope's appearance in Brainbent is one of the very few Moe examples of this trope. She's an adorable little girl with serious burns on the lower half of her face, which she covers up with a decorated surgical mask.
- Hivefled contains two examples. Aradia was less severely injured than in canon, and is now a cyborg instead of a ghost in a robot body. Gamzee's Spirit Advisor Sennir Lilura appears as he did at the moment of his death, with half of the flesh on his head and neck torn off.
- James Bond
- Alec Trevelyan in Golden Eye, although not nearly as badly disfigured as the above. The right side of his face was scarred in an explosion. Interestingly, he uses Janus as a code name, referencing a Roman god with two faces (one on the back of his head). Also a reference to his status as a double agent while working for MI-6.
- A low-level mook in Casino Royale (2006), Mollaka, has a melted earlobe caused by handling chemicals for use in bombs.
- Raoul Silva in Skyfall looks like this with his prosthesis removed. A dodgy Cyanide Pill left him disfigured instead of actually killing him; without his dentures, his left cheek is sunken and his eyelid droops.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger's original Terminator cyborg ends up like this after taking battle damage in just about◊ all of◊ the movies◊ that he's in. Even the poster for Terminator Genisys alludes to this◊. Behind the scenes, the actor has joked that he's "so handsome" naturally that filmmakers must cover up at least part of his face or the ladies would swoon at him too much.
- Mel Gibson as the title character in The Man Without a Face.
- Roy Neary (played by Richard Dreyfuss) ends up like this in the opening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, on account of the UFO giving him sunburn. Half of his face was protected from the shade of his automobile. This results in a later scene where Roy and the female lead laughingly compare burns.
- Half example: There's a bit in the film version of American Psycho where Patrick Bateman kills someone with an axe, and the blood splatters all over one half of his face. At one point the camera films him in a way that shows only the clean side, for a moment, and he turns around.
- The Mayor from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas who is a two faced politician- one face is happy and skin coloured while the other is sad and grey, with the situation Played for Laughs. Interestingly King Malbert from Igor (voiced by Jay Leno) bears quite a resemblance to him.
- In the movie Surf Ninjas, Leslie Nielsen plays Colonel Chi, who had half of his face repaired with cybernetics after having it crushed. When you first see him, he's looking to the side, showing only the flesh half of his face. He then does a Face-Revealing Turn to show his metal half.
- In Zardoz, speed-aging is used as punishment for the Eternals. One character is aged on only one side of his face, for no real reason (well, other than The '70s).
- Another nonvillain example is Orlando Bloom's character in the movie Haven after acid is thrown in his face.
- Former child actor turned global superstar Ricky Coogan from Freaked is turned into a half-man, half-goblin◊ by an evil freakshow ringmaster. "I wonder if Gremlins 3 is casting..."
- Officer Vickers gets such look at the end of Psycho Cop Returns when the Final Girl attacks him with the Aerosol Flamethrower.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger was originally supposed to have a half of his face being a bare skull, but it couldn't be done due to the special effect limitations at the time. The planned look is still used on some of the original posters.
- By Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Jason has decayed so much that about half his face is just bare bone.
- The monster of Prophecy is a mutated bear with half of its body fleshy and hairless.
- One of Dr. Rochelle's mutant creations in The Return of Swamp Thing has half-gator face.
- She Freak, a weak 1960s remake of Freaks, ends with the villainous main character turned into a sideshow attraction, half her face somehow turned to a cartoony monster face.
- Due to an accident involving a combination of acid and fire, Marty from Slaughter High ends up like this. It gets worse at the very end, when he randomly rips off the scarred portion of his face.
- There's a specific point in Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil when Chad goes from crazy but functional to just plain crazy, and it begins with him getting horribly burned on the left side of his body. As the protagonists frantically try to start their car, he comes at them with an axe, looking an awful lot like one of the slasher-movie villains he constantly equates them to.
- Charlie Houk from Land of the Dead has burn scars on the right side of his face, making him this.
- Non-disfigurement example: In a scene from Zorro The Gay Blade, George Hamilton has one side of his face made up like powdered-and-primped Ramon de la Vega and the other, like manly Diego de la Vega with a painted-on mask. He changes his vocal pitch and accent each time he turns his head.
- The character Abby in Dread has a port wine birthmark that covers most of the right side of her body, including part of her face. Considering that the film is about a Psycho Psychologist conducting experiments on fear, the similarity to Harvey Dent is very likely intentional.
- Near the end of Machete Kills, Luther Voz gets shot in the face with a flamethrower, burning half of his face. He angrily hides it with a mask.
- In The Box, the messenger with his disfigured left cheek.
- Half of Josiah's face in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering bear burn-scars from the time when people tried to burn him at the stake.
- Lady Vampire in Monster Brawl gets such a look when Mummy's pendant that shoots solar energy rays hits her.
- In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, King Thranduil of the Wood Elves. While he's trying to convinceThorin for a share of Erebor's treasure in exchange of supporting him on his quest, he shows him the left side of his face with a heavy burn scar down to the bone, complete with missing cheek and a blind eye, suggesting him that he knows perfectly what the fire of a dragon can do. It's not stated if the scar is covered with a magical illusion or the scar itself was a magical illusion to show Thorim how badly damaged his face was before.
- In a terminal Body Horror example, Billy from Deep Rising got swallowed alive by a sea monster, then expelled again when the tendril that engulfed him was shot up by another character. One side of his face is droopy and wet with digestive juices, but the other is revealed to be melted away down to the teeth, eyeball, and exposed brain.
- The Egyptian Queen Nitokris, as described in HP Lovecraft's short story "Under the Pyramids" (ghost-written for Harry Houdini): "By his side knelt beautiful Queen Nikotris, whom I saw in profile for a moment, noting that the right half of her face was eaten away by rats or other ghouls.
- Torak from David Eddings' The Belgariad had this affliction to a large extent, although he covers it with a living mask. Note that half his face was set on fire by a pissed Artifact of Doom, and because the gods don't have a built-in ability to heal (since they aren't generally capable of being injured) it's still burning after several millenia.
- Earthsea Trilogy:
- Ged from A Wizard Of Earthsea has a half scarred face from an encounter with a vaguely defined creature that he accidentally summoned. (It later turns out to be, appropriately, his own dark doppelgänger.)
- Tehanu provides a full body example of this trope. Having been horribly burned by her parents prior to the events of the book.
- K.A. Applegate seems to like this trope - she did it with Hel in Everworld, Taylor in Animorphs (although her ruined side was covered by artificial parts), and again with 2Face in Remnants. Though Hel being beautiful on one side and decayed on the other is true to the ancient Norse myths.
- Sandor "The Hound" Clegane from A Song of Ice and Fire is another example. He received his wounds at age six when his brother Gregor found him playing with one of his long-discarded toys and shoved his face into a brazier. However, while you probably wouldn't call him heroic, he's not really evil either — his face often makes people automatically assume he's a monster, but he ultimately subverts the villainy associated with this trope. Also subverted with Brienne of Tarth (as far from a villain as you can get) and princess Myrcella (an innocent nine-year-old girl), who were both disfigured in "A Feast For Crows." Myrcella's cheek was slashed to the bone by Gerold Dayne and she lost an ear on the same side of her head and half of Brienne's cheek was chewed off by Biter.
- From the same author as A Song of Ice and Fire, twenty years earlier, is Bretan Braith Lantry. Half his face scarred for some unknown reason, he is known for being dangerous, duel-happy, and touchy. The narration draws attention to just how dissonant he looks when he paces: one side is a normal if high-strung young man, the other a scarred black wasteland with a glowstone for an eye.
- Redwall's Slagar the Cruel has one side of his face mutilated and paralysed by adder venom, and wears a silk harlequin mask to hide it. (The mask also helps since he runs a travelling show that's a front for a child slavery ring.) In a later book, Riggu Felis gets the lower half of his face ripped entirely off, and hangs a strip of chain mail from his helmet to hide it. What with the mask and the fact that missing his nose and lips makes his voice sound really weird, he comes across as the Furry Fandom's answer to Darth Vader.
- Red Seas Under Red Skies:
- The character Selendri exhibits this. The entire right side of her body is burned horrifically due to a moisture-activated contact poison that was coated inside the right half of a masquerade costume she wore by an exceptionally cruel would-be assassin. Her hand was burned so badly it had to be replaced with a brass prosthetic, which hides bladelike claws within the fingers.
- Her boyfriend, none too pleased, then decides to do this to the guy who took out the hit. By putting half his body in concrete, so it necrotizes and rots.
- In Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, one half of Deucalion's face was destroyed by the device that was meant to kill him for attacking his maker. A friend gives him a tattoo over it to help distract people from the extent of the damage. He is not a villain, however.
- A non-villainous example in Twilight: Emily is quite beautiful, but has a great deal of scars on one side of her face due to
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- The Mortal Engines series presents Hester Shaw, scarred as a child by the man who killed her parents or so she thinks . She isn't ''quite'' evil, but is shown to be possessive and vengeful.
- In Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Asher went through some torture involving holy water. Holy water acts as fairly serious acid on vampires. He ends up like this, complete with the hidden in shadow entrance.
- Shotgun Suzie wound up like this for a while after being struck in the face with a mace, then burned so that her werewolf blood transfusion couldn't fully repair the damage. Unusual not only in that she's not male or a villain, but in that she chose to keep it like that rather than use magic to fix it, as it suited her Bad Ass Bounty Hunter image.
- A One-Scene Wonder named La Belle Dame Sans Merci had half her face a slightly different skintone, due to her replacing bits of her body with powerful beings she kills.
- Self-inflicted horizontally by a deranged character in Clive Barker's Cabal, who literally peels off the skin from his lower face in an attempt to reveal his "real face" underneath. Hey, it's Clive Barker.
- While it's never stated if Quirrell's good-looking, there's a reason why the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is called "The Man With Two Faces." The back of his face is the horrendously ugly, snake-like Voldemort.
- Morthûl, the Charnel King from The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell. He's a lich variant who is literally caught between life and death: one half of his body is a skeleton, while the other half is... still pretty unpleasant to look at, judging by the artist renditions of him, but at least it has flesh.
- Taken up to eleven+1 with the Dodecahedron in The Phantom Tollbooth, who just rotates whichever face he needs to show his current emotional state.
- Brightheart from Warrior Cats had half of her face ripped off by dogs in A Dangerous Path. This left her with one beautiful part and one horrifically scarred part. However, she is not evil in the slightest.
- James Bond
- In Moonraker, left side of Hugo Drax's face was burned during the World War II. Plastic surgery managed to fix it somewhat, but it still has some noticeable puckering.
- The left side of Kobus' face in Solo got shot twice in the past, which removed the cheekbone and parts of upper jaw from it and as a side-effect, he now has a steady stream of tears falling from his left eye. This condition gave him the nickname "the man with two faces".
- In Highlander Most Wanted, part of the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series written by Maya Banks, the main heroine, Genevieve is stunningly beautiful, apart from the left side of her cheek which was hideously scarred by her abusive psychopath captor who also raped her viciously.
- Heart Of Steel has Alistair Mechanus, whose face was burned so badly while trapped in a burning car wreck that he lost his ear, eye, and much of the soft tissue on that side of the face. He replaced everything with metal plates and mechanical organs, and his Face-Revealing Turn startles the heck out of Julia.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Adam has three, if you count that metal portion.
- The killer in the Criminal Minds episode "Devil's Night" had exactly half his face covered in burn scars caused by a car crash.
- A victim of one Monster of the Week on the Tremors series wound up looking like this, with half his face and one arm reduced to a mummified condition.
- Rare (anti-)heroic example in Richard Harrow of Boardwalk Empire. He's a handsome man with horrific mutilation on one side of his face due to war injuries which he covers with a mask (meant to duplicate his face before the injuries, making it even more creepy). However, he's a charming, loyal and just man, albeit a merciless and very efficient killer when he needs to be.
- In one Tales from the Crypt episode, the Villain Protagonist does this to himself to avert the curse he brought upon himself when he betrayed his friend to obtain a life preserving serum. Symbolically destroying his "evil" half was the only way to survive.
- Farscape has the severely scarred Xhalax Sun, whose appearance isn't as grotesque as some examples on this page, but still counts. Also Stark, who wears a half-mask that covers one side of his face. The side of his face covered by the mask is Pure Energy, due to him being only semi-corporeal, and the mask is to stop the energy from leaking out.
- Pam on True Blood, as a result of a witch's curse early Season 4. She only actually fits the trope for a few episodes, afterwhich the skin on the other half of her face sloughs off as well.
- Larry Harvey on American Horror Story: Murder House had half his face burnt when his girlfriend's son Tate set him on fire.
- On Nikita, the title character splashes Roan with his own body-dissolving liquid, giving him this look.
- Breaking Bad: This happens to Gus Fring after Walt's bomb explodes. Gus strolls out of the room and straightens his tie, apparently unharmed. Then the camera pans around to the other side and we see that half of his head has been utterly destroyed, and he dies a couple seconds later. Interestingly, it's also symbolic, since the camera focuses first on the intact side of Gus's face, which symbolizes the legitimate fast food mogul that everyone sees Gus as, and then the camera pans over to the destroyed part of his face, which is symbolic of the cold-blooded meth dealer that he secretly is.
- Heroes: It happens to Nathan when He stopped Peter from exploding and saved New York. He got better.
- A guest character from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Conscience of the King" has half his face covered by a patch, covering up injuries he'd sustained years earlier from the Villain of the Week.
- In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard's face looked like this when he was undergoing his conversion into Locutus. The final product was more like 75% Borg.
- The Mirror Universe in Star Trek: Enterprise featured an 'Evil' Trip with a scarred face, Skunk Stripe, and yellow eye.
"You want to look like me, do ya? I've absorbed enough Delta radiation to make my grandchildren glow in the dark."
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In "The Darkness and the Light" Kira is kidnapped by a Cardassian civilian who was disfigured by one of her terrorist bombings during the Occupation. The trope is clearly being played for Rule of Symbolism given the themes of the episode.
- A Species Of Hats in Star Trek: Voyager were the Vidiians, engaged in Organ Theft to combat a Body Horror infection called the Phage. When the crew encounter a token good Vidiian whom the Doctor falls in love with, the effects of the Phage are shown mainly on one side of her face, so she can be a Cute Monster Girl as well as The Grotesque.
- Another non-villainous example is Major Sholto, John Watson's old military commander and the near-murder-victim in the Sherlock episode "The Sign of Three".
- Used a lot on Face/Off, when contestants maximize the asymmetry of their makeups. During the Torture Cellar challenge, one Frankensteinian creation had two faces, one male and one female, fused together at the midline of the head.
- Doctor Who has a few villains like this.
- The classic series gave us Magnus Greel - the right side of his face was melted and looked like soggy noodles.
- The revival series gave us two examples. At one point, when the Doctor was partially converted into a Cyberman, half his face was covered in metal to signify his Split Personality. And in the season after that, the Half-Face Man was a clockwork droid whose face was half covered in human skin.
- Unsurprisingly, album artwork for Tankard's Two Faced◊ depicts such a character.
- Disturbed likes to do this with the band members' faces and their Mascot The Guy on much of their merchandise (MAAW IV seems to be the only place the shirts were available though)..
- Gemini, the character played by Prince in the "Partyman" and "Batdance" music videos, is Batman on one side of his face and the Joker on the other. (In the movie it was based on, Batman, Harvey Dent has not yet become Two-Face.)
Myth And Legend
- Older Than Print, the goddess of birth and death is depicted this way in many cultures, including many Native American and Central American legends. Hel from Norse Mythology may be the most famous. She was half beautiful maiden and half either crone or skeleton, depending on which myths you read. Sometimes depicted withered from waist down, instead of two-faced, though.
- Janus, the Roman god of transitions, has a face on the back of his head so he can always see where he was (the past) as well as where he's going (the future). Though, again depending on the myths you read, Janus was sometimes depicted as having a face on the right side of his head and a face on the left side.
- Dick Tracy foe Haf-and-Haf, who resembles Two-Face to the point that some readers have thought Two-Face was a knock-off of Haf-and-Haf. Two-Face actually predates Haf-and-Haf by more than two decades (although it is possible that Chester Gould was unaware of the Batman character).
- In Exalted, the Big Bad "Mask of Winters" wears a helmet with two masks on opposite sides, one smiling, one frowning. When he wishes to change moods, he turns around, and all the joints in his body reverse.
- Scion goes with the two-faced version of Hel for its version of the Aesir. It doesn't show if she takes on a physical form in the World, but you still feel it on some level.
- Desmond LaRouche, a minor NPC from the Ravenloft setting, was rebuilt as a half-golem after one side of his body was destroyed in a laboratory accident.
- Happens to Thomas Marik in BattleTech, where he manages to escape an assassination attempt that claims the lives of his brothers, but leaves him with terrible scarring across half his face (and it's implied the rest of his body on that side as well). He doesn't have a split personality but it turns out that he's been a fake, and that the real Thomas Marik became the Master of the Word of Blake and its Jihad.
- Champions villain Halfjack.
- The title character in Verdi's opera Rigoletto.
- Erik of the musical version of The Phantom of the Opera... how scarred he actually is once the mask comes off seems to change based on who is doing the makeup.
- In Cirque du Soleil's Mystere, there is a group of creatures known as the Double Faces who perform the Chinese poles act. What the character description and picture at the official site don't note is that they wear their masks on the back of their heads; in passing the performers' actual faces are visible, but as the act is staged the creatures "prefer" to present only the mask side (all the masks are identical and creepy, verging on Uncanny Valley).
- From LEGO's action-figure lines:
- BIONICLE's Kongu in his Toa Inika form wore a half-corroded Mask of Power.
- Spitface from Hero Factory, whose entire body is divided into different-styled halves, both with its own personality and voice. His shtick is that their constant squabbling always gives the heroes enough time to defeat him.
- Nurp-Naut from Mixels. On one side of his head is the two-eyed baby Nurp, while the other side is the Cyclops elder Naut. They treat each other as separate entities, with others doing the same. They also have a tendency to argue with each other on various things.
- Two-Face himself has made a few appearances in video game adaptions, though not nearly as many as more popular rogues such as the Joker. His two major appearances have been in a pair Batman Forever Beat Em Ups, which are based on Tommy Lee Jones' portrayal, and in the Arkham Series which (like most of the series' rogues) combines aspects of The Dark Knight Saga with Bruce Timm's animated universe:
- In the Megadrive/Super NES versions of Forever, Two-Face eschews an Ambidextrous Sprite, with different movesets depending on which side he's facing. The "Harvey" side packs a Tommy gun, while "Two-Face" is a Knife Nut and close-range fighter. He is also capable of restoring his health with the "coin of fate." Like in the film, Two-Face's gimmick is based around Acid Pools which decorate his hangout, and he plays second fiddle to the Riddler.
- Arkham City focuses more on Harvey's background as an attorney: He's holed up in Gotham's courthouse where he conducts a Kangaroo Court proceeding on Catwoman, which doesn't turn out quite as intended. Catwoman uses her claws to slash the immaculate half of poor Harvey's face, then leaves with precisely half of his loot.
- Maero in Saint's Row 2 after you put radioactive waste in his tattoo ink.
- The corrupted council in Diablo 2 are half human and half demon, split vertically.
- In Diablo III, Belial, the Lord of Lies, is (fittingly) shown to have two mouths, one on each side of the face. He makes the phrase "talking from both sides of the mouth" almost literal.
- In Hitman: Blood Money, we have ex-FBI Director and Unreliable Narrator Jack Alexander. An undisclosed 'accident' left him wheelchair-bound and flayed the skin from half his face.
- The Twofaces and Double Talkers of Toontown Online. A rather odd example, as the fronts of their heads are blank, but they have two identical faces on each side, looking left and right.
- Giacomo, the protagonist from Rise of Legends gets this look in the third and final campaign.
- Ariel, the ghostly Guardian of Balance from Legacy of Kain, sports bare skull on the left side of her face.
- Zaeed in Mass Effect 2, the resident Anti-Hero of Shepard's team, has gruesome scars and a blind eye on the right side of his face, having survived a shot to the head when his fellow Blue Suns leader betrayed him.
- Sheltem from Might and Magic. He wears a mask to hide that.
- Gauldoth Half-Dead in Heroes of Might and Magic IV, half living human and half undead zombie following an Emergency Transformation gone wrong, is an Anti-Hero example.
- New Destroyman, one of the opponents in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is cyborg right down the middle. After Travis bisected him in NMH, his halves were augmented and he came back in two bodies. One half is outwardly polite and favors ranged attacks, while the other is crude and favors melee.
- In Spec Ops: The Line, Walker's face is nearly burnt off on one side after surviving the destruction of Dubai's water transport trucks.
- In the notoriously bad biker game, Ride to Hell: Retribution The Dragon of the evil biker gang, Pretty Boy, has most of the flesh on the left half of his face and upper torso flayed off. He ups the ante by also having a bolted-on metal eyepatch over his left eye.
- In one of the rare non-villainous examples, Katawa Shoujo's Hanako Ikezawa. The entire right side of her body (including the lower right part of her head and face) is covered in serious burn scars, which she hides with concealing clothing. She received the burns as a child, when her house caught fire while her family was sleeping. It killed her parents, and she only survived when her mother shielded her with her own body.
- Matt Engarde in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All. Complete with flipping his hair up to reveal the scarred side being the difference between Obfuscating Stupidity and Magnificent Bastard.
- Dellyn Goblinslayer, an evil human ranger from Goblins, had part of his face and body made out of living wood. A Wizard Did It is implied to have been involved.
- Relatively low-key example: Remus's Marcus Laurent, a Badass Grandpa CIA agent, has skin grafts all over the left half of his face, is missing that eyebrow, and has had a chunk taken out of his ear.
- The Black Brick Road Of OZ has Quadling with a second face on the back of his head. And the rest of his body just kinda grows from the mouth of that face.
- Dr. Blight in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, who hides her scarred face behind her hair, and was probably rather inspired by Two-Face.
- Metallo in Superman: The Animated Series. Since he's a cyborg, this is probably intended as a reference to the Terminator.
- Tharok of the Legion Of Superheroes bears mentioning again: If you're unfamiliar with the LOSH comics, when that one comes out in cartoon form, you'll probably say "hey, it's Metallo!" The cartoon versions of the two are nigh-identical.
- Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series is accidentally transformed into a giant monster in an attempt to destroy all mutants during an X-Men crossover. While he is changed back, half his body stay mutated. His resemblance to the Trope Namer did not go unnoticed by fans.
- Gemini from Thundarr the Barbarian. His head actually rotated 180 degrees and a visor would pull up from over one face and go down over the other.
- Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender has a large burn scar around his left eye thanks to his abusive father Ozai, though he later fixes it to appear more attractive when he pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
- And, when you know how he got it, it's really more a sign of his decency.
- It's both. Bad to show that he's dangerous, good to show that he's suffered.
- Vinnie from Biker Mice from Mars. Although we've rarely seen what the other half of his face looks like.
- In the Beetlejuice cartoon series there was Senator Doubletalk who had the same rotating head deal as the Mayor of Halloweentown. His two personalities were Reasonable Authority Figure and Knight Templar.
- A one-shot villainess in the Dungeons & Dragons episode "Child of the Stargazer" was like this - attractive on one side, with the disfigured half of her face hidden in shadow.
- Two-Face, again in Batman: The Animated Series. In this continuity, he had the split personalities before he was disfigured, but the trauma of the injury caused him to lose control. In one episode, the deranged Maxie Zeus thought that Two-Face was the god Janus (see the mythology section).
- Filmations Ghostbusters (and possibly He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)) had Cy-Man, a half-man/half-cyborg who resembled Fullmetal Alchemist's Frank Archer.
- Quintessons from Transformers Generation One had five faces, each with a different expression, that would rotate as their moods changed.
- The Transformers Animated incarnation of Blitzwing has three faces, which likewise switch with his personalities.
- The Mask has one episode where the titular mask is cropped in half, resulting in this effect when the protagonist and antagonist wear each half.
- Plastic Man had a villain named half ape (one half of his body was human and the other half was gorilla's).
- In WordGirl, Miss Power has Peek-a-Bangs, that when moved reveal that the hidden part of her face looks reptilian with a snake-like eye.
- Survival of the Fittest:
- In Tasakeru, the entire right side of Captain's head was horrifically scarred, according to Drake's stories of Squad 13.
- In the MSF High Forums, Hel makes an appearance, and is played like this. Half beautiful woman, Half Corpse Bride. She's polite enough to wear a mask.
- Al Capone only had his distinctive scars on one side of his face.
- Jungle villagers in India sometimes wear realistic masks on the backs of their heads when they venture into the forest, believing that tigers are less likely to attack them if the cats can't tell which direction they're facing.
- Peeling the facial skin halfway down from the forehead is a standard step in the performance of an autopsy, allowing unobstructed access to the cranium.